Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What I’m Watching: You’re the Worst (Season Finale)

You’re the Worst: Season 3, Episode 12 and 13 “You Knew It Was a Snake” and “No Longer Just Us” (B+)

As this show wraps its third season, what could be better than two back-to-back episodes to close out the year? It was helpful to have both of these installments so that the first one could feature all three couples having blowout fights and the second could survey the damage and the aftermath. I’m sad to see Dorothy go, but I think there are a number of reasons that she and Edgar weren’t fated to last. Their conversation about minorities having an advantage in the industry wasn’t headed anywhere good, giving Edgar the rare moral upper hand, but it was actually an act of kindness and thoughtfulness on his part – almost not taking another job – that really sealed the deal, demonstrating to Dorothy that it just wasn’t going to work. Lindsay telling Paul that he knew it was a snake was initially therapeutic and then produced a worrisome response – “Lawyer up, bitch!” He tried his best to be cruel in their proceedings, offering her $2000 a month and laughing that she had no concept of how much things cost, and that taking a picture of a check didn’t actually constitute depositing it. Being dismissed when he tried to greet Becca and Vernon’s baby showed that there would be lasting consequences to his decision, and it’s a good thing that Lindsay isn’t going to go back and stay with her sister again. I think that Edgar and Lindsay are a great match, not necessarily romantically but as good friends, so it will be good to see them living together again. Jimmy writing 35 pages just to spite Gretchen helped resolve one issue, and even though he didn’t take back his kids remark, he did find inspiration in his muse. That he would exert the energy to create a fake “Murder She Tweeted” Twitter account and stage a crime scene to make her happy was surprisingly wonderful, and his proposal was marvelously sweet. That would have been a happy ending, but of course on this show we see him get so scared by the word family and abandon her with the fireworks going off behind her. What an ending, and I can’t wait to see what season four has in store for this show, which just had what might be its best year yet.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Aya Cash as Gretchen

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